Canon 2 of the Diocese of New Westminster states that any Nominee for the Office of Bishop must fulfill the following requirements.

  • The Nominee must be at least thirty years of age.
  • The Nominee's learning, training or experience shall meet the needs of ministry as a bishop.
  • The Nominee has neither directly or indirectly secured or attempted to secure the Office of Bishop by any improper means.
  • The Nominee is not guilty of any crime or immorality.
  • The Nominee does not hold or taught nor has held or taught within five years previously anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada.
  • The Nominee must be a priest or bishop in holy orders of the Anglican Church of Canada or of some church in full communion with the Anglican Church of Canada as provided by the Canons of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon.  If the Nominee is a priest or bishop of a church in full communion with the Anglican Church of Canada, he or she must fulfill the requirements of Canon IV of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, including without limitation:
    • the Nominee is of the required age, of virtuous conversation, without crime and learned in Holy Scripture;
    • the Nominee presents Letters Bene Decessit, or the equivalent credentials, from the bishop of the diocese or equivalent jurisdiction with which he or she was last connected;
    • the Nominee promises in writing to sumbit in all things to the discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada, and
    • subscribes and makes the declarations required of clergy of the Anglican Church of Canada.